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Forced to Homeschool (Against My Will)

 

Well if you haven’t been keeping up with the latest madness,  Boogy got kicked out of school on Monday. Principal let him stay until this Friday, while I decided what I am going to do about his schooling for the rest of the year. After going over my options and researching schools, I have decided to keep Boogy out of school for the duration of the school year.

My decision was based  mostly on the fact that:

  1. There is only one month left in the school year in our  county.
  2. Despite all our many efforts, He has already failed Kindergarten, there is no way he can make it up in a month at ANY SCHOOL.
  3. If I used the remainder of his scholarship at another private school, I would still have to purchase new books, new uniforms, pay a new application fee and registration fee. This would have amounted to $500-$800+ just for ONE MONTH at a new school in which there is no way he is going to pass on to the next grade. I’m sorry, but that just isn’t good financial or common sense.
  4. I also don’t think putting him in the neighborhood public school (WHICH SUCKS) would benefit him any either because:
  • He is not going to pass to the next grade.
  • He doesn’t deal with change well, AT ALL!
  • Why torture my child with having to learn new rules, adjust to a new setting, new teachers, new friends for ONE MONTH?

In my opinion, it’s just not worth stressing the poor child out, because everyone else thinks it’s appalling that I would just pull my kid out of school all together.


So What Now?

  1. IEP
    Well, the principal gave me  some contacts with the county public school district on getting him an IEP done.  The contacts have already been made and the process already started. This is a very long drawn out process, which will probably take all summer (IF NOT LONGER). But, except for the occasional one or two day trips, I plan on sticking close to home this summer, so it really shouldn’t that big of an issue.
  2. Mental Health
    I have also decided to take him to a neurologist to do some diagnostic testing, as well as put him back in therapy. Currently researching good options for both of those.
  3. Summer Homeschool?
    Destructo will be in Summer VPK all summer long at a local preschool, so I have decided to work with Boogy at home. We will be doing mostly the Time4Learning curriculum and I will be supplementing with some workbooks, easy reader books, flash cards and other small projects I have found. I’m not sure how formal I will be about all of this. I have decided to just let him learn at his own pace.  I’m at the point now where I am completely content with him “Getting it, when he get’s it.” I’m not worrying about enforcing some predetermined standard based on his age or grade level. 

So What About Next School Year?

Well based on the outcome of 1-3 above, I will then make my final decision on whether or not I will continue homeschooling or enroll him in another private school. Both Boogy and Destructo have received scholarships to go to private school next year. The  school that I really want Boogy to attend doesn’t accept kids until 1st Grade, so next year is out of the question. My second choice school does accept Kindergarten, however the closest campus with Kindergarten is like an 1.5 hr round trip commute EVERYDAY2 times a day.…I really don’t see myself doing that EVERYDAY. There are many other schools that he can attend that will accept the scholarship, so I will tour them and do some research on them this summer.

Final Thoughts:

It seems like I am being forced to home school against my will. That adds another whole new challenge to my life. This means that I am going to have to manage my time a little better. But I Can Do ALL things through Christ, who gives me strength! This also means that I have to maintain (Honestly I need to raise) the income I make FROM HOME. God is going to have to send more ways to make money from home without it consuming my whole life. Or a second income via a HUSBAND…lol  Or both!

You know any way you want to do it Lord! I don’t mind, I don’t mind! LOL

Well until next time guys!

Somebody please tell me I’m not the only person who has a Kindergartner who was kicked out of school? PLEASE

3 Comments

  1. Jujube on July 10, 2011 at 4:40 am

    Don’t feel bad . . . My oldest boy went through similar drama in first grade (in public school, though). I can’t tell you all of the detentions he had to serve. He was just a stone’s throw away from being EXPELLED when Christmas break came.

    My husband and I prayed about it, and came to the decision to NOT send him back. I sent a withdrawal letter (certified, return receipt requested) to the school, and we started homeschooling the following January.

    I did NOT want to do it. I had been brainwashed into believing that children can learn only in a traditional school setting. Poppycock! That may work for cookie-cutter kids, but not for MY dyslexic baby. (And what we consider “traditional schooling” hasn’t been around all that long, considering. It’s just that it’s all that our generation knows.)

    Fast forward to today. God has turned my attitude around completely. I have NO desire to send my children to an institution where God is not allowed. That first-grader who couldn’t read has just started 9th grade – in HOMESCHOOL! – and is a voracious reader. His fifth-grade siblings (twins) went to public preschool, but have been homeschooled ever since.

    I wouldn’t have it any other way, and neither would they.

    Pray, then do what you feel that God is telling you to do about your child’s education. Private, public, homeschool — The bottom line is that the Lord has told the PARENTS to bring up their children in the way that they should go. As a parent, you have the authority to delegate some, all or NONE of that responsibility to someone else, and to change your plans as the situation changes. And NO ONE has the right to judge you, whatever you decide.

    Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

  2. Blair on August 2, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Hi,

    My parents have taken in two foster kids and are in the process of adopting, one of the trickiest things to do has been to catch them up on school work. And my mother is a teacher! We have found two really good websites to help: ixl.com (math) and tickettoread.com They are a great way to keep the kids doing school work ! Good luck!

    ~Blair

  3. Marlee on August 16, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Well done airctle that. I’ll make sure to use it wisely.

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